The Devil Who Wears Prada Takes Hillary Clinton to Task

In a move typical of someone who believes all the hype about herself (mostly written in her own magazine), Anna Wintour went after Hillary Clinton in what can only be seen payback for the snub Clinton paid to her magazine by deciding not to appear on the cover. From Jezebel:

“Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine.

And then she really gets going!

The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. How has our country come to this?…This is America, not Saudi Arabia.”

Feeling a little defensive that someone declined your invitation Ms. Wintour? Or are you upset because, by snubbing your magazine, Hillary Clinton basically told you and the mindless consumerism and instruments of torture you and your magazine spent millions of words of copy promoting exactly where to get off. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, your reaction just illustrates that old saying about a woman scorned. Its a shame you would use your magazine to broadcast more drivel than usual. Clinton lives in the real world of politics–not high fashion–and while we would all love it if women didn’t have to worry about coming off as too feminine or too masculine, we obviously don’t and your temper tantrum does absolutely nothing to change that.

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Mirna the Minx,

Right on. I don’t understand how someone who spends their life creating an “image’ that sends a message to women that they should strive to be like emaciated women with weird hair, designer clothing and all that entails. That is, if lacking the style (and money, obviously needed to support that “style”), that somehow you are unfeminine or even more unflattering, a loser. Senator Clinton’s accomplishments have far greater significance in helping to create better lives for women than some snippy magazine mogul does with an exaggerated and sometimes grotesque portrayal of fashion (imho).

I knew you were a Jezebel reader, too.

Yeah, this was annoying swipe, but as has been pointed out, Vogue is a magazine for and about rich people and their spectacularly expensive lifestyles. Does anyone think that Anna Wintour’s opprobrium is going to sway voters’ opinions? Or is in any way a meaningful contribution to the public debate? Her opinion matters as much as mine does.

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